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Ela Ada/Vazhayila Ada

Rekha Unni
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Ela Ada/Vazhayila Ada RECIPE

Traditional Kerala Dessert/ Snack and one of my all time favourite is Ela Ada. Made with rice coconut and jaggery cooked in banana leaves renders lovely taste

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Kerala
  • Steaming
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1 cup roasted rice flour
  2. 1/3-1/2 cup grated jaggery - adjust
  3. Hot water as required
  4. salt to taste
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  6. 1 cup grated coconut
  7. banana leaves as required


  1. In a bowl, add rice flour and salt. mix well. Gradually add hot water and mix with spoon.Do not add in all water at once. Let it rest for some time
  2. Knead into smooth chapati like dough. Keep it aside
  3. Mix coconut jaggery,cardamom powder in a bowl with hands until well combined and soft
  4. Clean the banana leaves and heat it slightly on both sides directly over the flame so that leaves do not break while folding
  5. Spread 1/2 tsp of coconut oil all over the leaf with the fingers.
  6. Place lemon size dough in the center of the leaf, flatten it with wet fingers like small roti and spread the filling on it.
  7. Gently fold the leaf in half. Tuck the ends of the leaf.
  8. Place the adas in a steamer/idly cooker and steam it for 8- 10 minutes over high heat
  9. Remove the adas from the steamer. Serve warm

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